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Flight of fancy

More than 1,000 years before the Wright brothers made their historic flight over Kitty Hawk, and 600 years before Leonardo da Vinci sketched out a mechanical flying machine, an Islamic inventor named Abbas ibn Firnas designed a winged device, dared to test it himself and … flew. Glided, to be more precise. According to the…

The campus beekeeper

Growing up Anne Cabell had always been afraid of bees. It wasn’t until she chaperoned one of her son’s school field trips a decade ago that she became fascinated by the insects and their role in the food system. Not long after, she invested in her first hive and now Cabell is the keeper of…

UNC-Chapel Hill wins $1 million Cooke Prize

The son of Mexican immigrants who were unable to earn a higher education degree, Isai Garcia-Baza was raised to believe that college was undoubtedly in his future. As he got older, however, he realized the path to higher education would be more challenging — and expensive — than he once thought. But through the Carolina Student Transfer…

Ten years of impact

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Carolina College Advising Corps has become an invaluable part of Carolina’s commitment to opportunity by partnering with low-income high schools throughout North Carolina to increase college enrollment across the state. The work of the Corps – inspiring students to discover a world of post-secondary education – has been…

Well Said: Astronaut candidate Zena Cardman

Zena Cardman was among the more than 18,300 people who applied to be part of NASA’s most recent class of astronaut candidates. Shortly after submitting her application, Cardman heard those numbers and figured she’d try again next time. But then came a call from Houston for her first interview. Then another call for another interview.…

Growth from the ground up

It’s 3 a.m. on a Monday morning. Sweet-smelling steam wafts through a large warehouse in St. Pauls, North Carolina. A vat full of golden kernels bubbles while a nearby machine smashes two stones together, grinding the freshly cooked corn into putty. Across the warehouse, the sound of whirring machinery signals the start of a conveyer…

Sharpless appointed National Cancer Institute director

President Donald Trump on Friday announced his intent to appoint Norman E. (Ned) Sharpless as director of the National Cancer Institute. Sharpless is the director of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Wellcome Distinguished Professor in Cancer Research. He would succeed Douglas Lowy, who has served as acting…

Predicting autism

For the first time, autism researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill used MRIs of six-month olds to show how brain regions are connected and synchronized, and then predict which babies at high risk of developing autism would be diagnosed with the condition at age two. A previous Carolina-lead study, published in…

Tar Heel selected for NASA’s new astronaut class

From the basalt lava fields of Hawaii to the vast white expanse of Antarctica, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumna Zena Cardman has ventured to some of Earth’s most unique and remote places. Now she’s setting her sights on the ultimate frontier—space. Over 18,300 people applied to be in NASA’s upcoming class of…

Teaching medicine, literature and more at the Ackland

On a recent morning, about a dozen students huddled in an upstairs corner of the Ackland Art Museum, studying and discussing “City Hall, Reno, Nevada,” a glossy black and white photograph of a young, well-dressed couple posing in a close embrace. “They’re dressed up for a special occasion.” “That makes me think ‘church.’” “It’s like…